I will admit, though, I didn't much care for Sextant, his teaming together with Brannan Lane.
I thought that one was good, but not as great as the rest of Ashera's oeuvre. Strange, you don't hear much from Brannan Lane anymore either. He was really flooding the ambient "market" there for a while. I could never get into his stuff at all.
That reminds me. What happened with Space for Music records. I note they are selling perhaps 10% of the artists they used to carry. No more Zero Ohms, etc.
I think this would be a good topic, don't you? A "where are they now?" thread? Maybe I will post one and get the ball started.
As for Spacecraft and SpaceForMusic, well, I see Tony Gerber mentioned now and then in emails I get about the electronic music scene in the southeast, sent out by the guy who records as Sensitive Chaos, Jim Combs. Giles Reaves still does live gigs, I know that. Not sure about the Roses (John and Diane). As for the mail order part of spaceformusic, well, join the club. Everyone is taking such hits in the retail end that I suspect he has cut way back on what he sells. Just a guess on my part. Tony used to participate (well, at least post spam/self-promotion) in some forums, notably The Ambient Way. But haven't heard much from him lately.
As for Brannan...yeah, he was really going all out for awhile, which a lot of people had raised eyebrows about. He had that one woman (name?) working for him who spammed/promoted online like crazy at rec.music.ambient, the assorted Yahoo groups, etc. He was upset with me over my less-than-favorable review of Sextant
and that was the last I ever heard from him. I found some of his stuff quite good and other stuff, well, take it or leave it. Sleep Cycle
is excellent, IMO, as is Lost Caverns of Thera
. His collabs with Zero Ohms are also very good. I think with Brannan, he just over-saturated the market in too short a time (hmmmm....nope, won't go there) and also might have worked a little too hard at internet self-promotion.
Of course, he plays a lot more than just ambient music and I believe he does just fine doing session work and playing live in other genres in his hometown environs.